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うしのほね(本店) Ushinohone

  • Kaiseki / Course
  • Shijo Kawaramachi / Nijo Castle Area
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  • Price Rangedinner4,000~5,000JPY
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Shijo Kawaramachi / Nijo Castle Area
137-12 Wakamatsucho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8011, Japan
  • Kaiseki / Course
Opening Hours
[Lunch]12:00-14:00(open in May and Sep) [Dinner]17:00-24:00
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Date of post:2016/10/24

Kyoto Pontocho Best Japanese & Beef Stew

Are you looking for a nice Japanese cuisine on the Pontocho Street but there are too many restaurants so can’t decide which one to go? Some restaurants are very expensive on Pontocho, so it’s a good idea to do a little pre-research. Let me introduce my favorite "Between Izakaya & Kappo" place, Ushinohone (Cow Bones). I love this place because it's just right; higher end dishes than Izakaya, but lower price than Kappo.

The best dish I recommend is Sea Urchin on Yuba with Sea Urchin Soy Sauce: 900JPY. (That’s of course if you like Sea Urchin.) Also, their seasonal recommendation is a good choice; Matsutake and Hamo Tempura 1600JPY. Matsutake is a delicacy mushroom with high aroma and Hamo is a signature fish of Kyoto. I thought they will be served separately, but they wrap the savory Matsutake with the fresh light Hamo and deep-fry it. Genius! It’s served with natural sea salt besides Sudachi and Oroshi; just perfection.

Ushinohone Signature Beef Stew, 2500JPY, will satisfy your craving for beef.
They have been serving this best stew over 30 years. It looks like just an ordinary beef stew from outside but it's a special dish. Once you dig in, you will find big slices of Wagyu steak, medium rare, covered under the stew. Dip the baguette in it and place the steak on the top. They will get you the second baguette for free.

As you can read (or not) in the picture, many of their dishes are under 1000JPY. If you go to other places for the same grade of dinner on Pontocho Street, the price can be easily doubled. So they are good and reasonable.

Here are the directions. When you come up north on the Pontocho Street from the Shijo Street, you will find a big white lantern on your right before you hit the Sanjo Street. The entrance is way in the back, so look for the white lantern as a landmark. Enjoy this hidden Kyoto treasure and try to keep it secret.

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